2021 Canadian Spring Auctions

On June 3rd, 9th and 23rd, 2021, Waddington’s, Cowley Abbott and Heffel respectively hosted their spring live auction sales.  The art market was strong going into this auction season. Art has seen a boom throughout COVID – stuck at home buyers used this down time to expand their collections.  Both the spring and fall 2020 […]

2020 Fall Auction Sales

December 2nd and 3rd, 2020, Heffel and Cowley Abbott respectively hosted their fall live auction sales.  A week before the auctions, Toronto implemented new COVID restrictions effectively halting all in person viewings of the two auction houses’ preview shows. The sales were held virtually and bidding was restricted to phone, absentee and online. Despite these […]

What Sold at Art Toronto?

This year Art Toronto, under the leadership of Mia Nielson, held a digital fair from October 28 to November 8th. The fair brought together galleries from across the country on the Art Toronto platform. The online fair gave visitors a chance to browse the offering of the different galleries and attend online art talks hosted […]

Art Toronto Pop Up Shows

There are a couple great pop up shows opening in Toronto this weekend as part of Art Toronto ! Historic Art Calgary gallery Masters Gallery will be exhibiting works in the Four Seasons Hotel through till November 1, 2020. They’ve brought an impressive collection of Impressionist, Group of Seven and Automatiste era art. For anyone […]

Top Art Toronto Programming

My top three picks for great art talks to take advantage of next week as part of Art Toronto! With so many free art talks happening digitally it is easier than ever to get informed. I’ve pulled out a couple great talks that focus on culturally significant artists that have been recognized by both the […]

COVID & Canadian Art Market

In May 2020, due to COVID regulations, the Canadian live auctions were postponed. Heffel rescheduled their spring sale for July 15th. Waddington’s and Cowley Abbott postponed their sales until September 17th and 24th respectively. How has the economic uncertainty of the pandemic affected the Canadian art market? Going through the results it is clear that […]

Art Toronto: Collector’s Experience

Contemporary artists are generally shown at one to three galleries. Every year or so, these galleries will host a solo exhibition of the artist’s new work. Finding a good selection of their work is a straightforward process.   A major challenge for collectors when sourcing Canadian historic art is that generally, a famous historic artist’s inventory […]

Buying for an Art Collection

The cliche in the art world is to say “buy what you love”. I agree that personal taste should be the driving force in choosing fine art to consider for purchase. But once you’ve determined a painting of interest there are a host of factors that should be taken into account before you buy for […]

2019 Spring Auction – Canadian Fine Art

May is an exciting month for Canadian Art! At the end of the month is spring auction week in Toronto! Several of the top Canadian auction houses will be hosting live auctions of Canadian fine art. Live auction sales happening the week of May 27 in Toronto include: Waddington’s Live Auction, Consignor Live Auction and […]

How to Price Art

The New York Times recently published a great article on art investing. While the art market acts differently to more traditional capital markets that doesn’t mean it’s totally irrational. There is an old adage that says you should buy art based on what you love. In the New York Times article the art advisor B.J. […]